Left turn lane construction on US 460 between mile points 7.723 and 7.804 in Johnson County begins Monday, February 27. The site is part of the intersection of US 460 and KY 40 and the entrance ramps off US 460 onto US 23 in Paintsville.
Highway District 12 Engineering Technician Mike Blevins said the work will take several weeks and will slow traffic in the area. “The left turn lane off US 460, like you’re coming from Salyersville to Paintsville, the turn lane leading to US 23 north and KY 40 west will be closed,” he said. “You will still be able to turn left, but will have to using the passing lane for your left-hand turn because the turn lane will be closed for repairs.”
Signs will direct motorists how to make the left turn while construction is under way. The turn lane is concrete, which will be replaced. At the same time, four underdrains will be installed across the roadway in the left turn lane to provide adequate drainage.
Motorists can expect delays in this work zone until the project is completed, which Blevins estimated will be toward the end of March. “We are sorry for the temporary inconvenience this may cause,” he said. “Due to the heavy traffic volume in this area, we really encourage people to slow down and use extreme caution when driving through the work zone. We want to make sure that everyone is safe, both those working on the project and folks in vehicles driving through the project area.”